In order to ensure equitable remuneration of part-time clergy, the Diocese has devised a system of “units” of work. A “unit” is a morning, an afternoon or an evening. The rate is adjusted annually by the same cost-of-living percentage as the clergy stipend increase. Reasonable reimbursement of travel expenses should be provided if the appointment includes travelling and visiting. Travel does not include commuting between church and home. Travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with current diocesan policy.
The annual Clergy Remuneration Information Memo contains information regarding minimum stipends, unit rates, benefits, deductions, travel rates and statistical comparisons. This document is posted on the diocesan website every November, and the churchwardens, treasurers and clergy are notified via the Bulletin Board. For 2019 the unit rate is $106.43.
Previous unit rates:
- 2018: $104.14
- 2017: $102.00
- 2016: $100.16
- 2015: $98.97
- 2014: $96.56
- 2013: $95.32
If the services for the day require a sermon, a unit is required for preparation plus a unit for delivery. If a second sermon with a different set of lections is required, or the time required is significantly more than three hours, an additional unit must be paid. For example, Sunday morning:
||no sermon||1 unit|
|Service(s) *||same sermon||2 units|
|More than one service||different sermons||3 units|
* An early morning said Eucharist alone does not normally qualify for 1 full unit. In the case of Sunday supply, travel expenses to and from the church should be reimbursed, whether the individual travels by personal automobile, public transit or cab.
Honorary Assistants are appointed by the Area Bishop on the recommendation of the Incumbent. Honorary Assistants may work from one to six units per week. Their duties may include assisting at services, pastoral visiting and leading study groups. Allow preparation time for the sermon or the study group as well as for other “hidden” work.
Prior to the appointment of an Honorary Assistant there should be agreement on the number of units to be worked. It should be understood that an annual evaluation of the ministry will take place prior to the annual vestry meeting and that the contract may then be renewed or not. A maximum of six units per week are to be paid. Stipend for work beyond this will be negotiated in accordance with the usual stipend scale. Some deductions for benefits, etc. may be required.
The duties of an Interim Priest will be determined at the time of appointment and may range from one Sunday service to a maximum of seven units. Reimbursement at the per unit rate has been calculated to compensate for the fact that benefits are not paid. If more time is required, the Area Bishop will negotiate reimbursement, apportioned to the time that is being worked. Some deductions may be required.
Lay Readers and Theological Students
If a Lay Reader or Theological Student is providing Sunday supply coverage for a priest-in-charge or incumbent, they are to be paid at the current clerical unit rate.
Reimbursement of travel expenses will be in accordance with diocesan policy. Effective January 1, 2012, the rate is $0.52 for the first 5,000 km and $0.46 thereafter.